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NEWS FROM 2005-10-17
Holy Cow! ChiSox in First Series Since '59 (AP)
AP - Not since Shoeless Joe Jackson have the Chicago White Sox caused this much of a commotion. World Series, here they come for the first time since 1959.
Astros Win Game 4 to Put Cards in Big Jam (AP)
AP - Poised as can be no matter how tough the task, Brad Lidge pulled off another great escape against St. Louis. Now it's the steaming-mad Cardinals who are in a serious jam in the NL championship series.
Wie Disqualified From First Pro Start (AP)
AP - Michelle Wie's pro debut made her look like an amateur Sunday when she was disqualified for taking a bad drop from the bushes in the third round of the Samsung World Championship. Talk about a rude welcome less than two weeks after turning pro.
Seahawks Romp Past Texans 42-10 (AP)
AP - The NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks methodically plundered the Houston Texans with Shaun Alexander's four touchdown runs, dropping the NFL's only winless team to 0-5.
Bullpen, Bats Fail Angels in ALCS (AP)
AP - The offense couldn't get it done for the Los Angeles Angels — no surprise considering their ineptitude throughout the AL championship series.
Texans Players Wiegert, Wong Injured (AP)
AP - Already depleted by injuries, the Houston Texans lost starting linebacker Kailee Wong to a possible season-ending knee injury in Sunday night's 42-10 loss to Seattle.
Maccabi Defeats Raptors for Rare NBA Win (AP)
AP - Maccabi Tel Aviv beat an NBA team for the first time in 27 years, topping the Toronto Raptors 105-103 on Sunday on Anthony Parker's jumper with 0.8 seconds left.
White Sox Fans Celebrate in the Rain (AP)
AP - The rain kept falling and the White Sox fans stayed put.
U.S. Women Tie Australia in Exhibition (AP)
AP - Defender Amy LePeilbet cleared the potential winning goal off the goal line late in the second half to help the United States women's soccer team tie Australia 0-0 in an exhibition game Sunday.
Canucks Clobber Stars 5-2 (AP)
AP - Lee Goren scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.
DENVER – A new Jake Plummer has emerged in Denver: the Jake Plummer who makes smart decisions.
Patriots doctors clear Bruschi's return (AP)
New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has been cleared by team doctors and could return to practice this week, eight months after suffering a mild stroke. Bruschi, 32, originally planned to take a year off after the stroke in February and surgery to repair a small hole in his heart a month later.
Ricky returns, but Bucs top Dolphins (AP)
Ricky Williams patiently answered every question before finally being whisked away to catch the team bus. The enigmatic running back returned from a one-year retirement and four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy on Sunday, and his presence spawned hope for the Miami Dolphins despite a 27-13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Big-play Plummer leads Broncos over Pats (AP)
Jake Plummer did more than merely manage the game, he controlled it. He made big plays when they were there, avoided mistakes and made the New England Patriots look more like a team in disarray than the NFL's reigning dynasty. Plummer hit on throws of 72 and 55 yards to help the Denver Broncos to a 28-20 victory over the two-time defending champions Sunday, the first time he showed his explosive...
Palmer, Chad Johnson lift Bengals to win (AP)
The only thing Chad Johnson didn't do against the Tennessee Titans was unveil his latest touchdown celebration. Carson Palmer tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to his favorite receiver with 4:19 left that gave Cincinnati the lead for good, and the Bengals bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 31-23 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Falcons get second chance, beat Saints (AP)
Atlanta Falcons kicker Todd Peterson's attempt sailed wide left, the ``home'' crowd erupted and one of the New Orleans Saints' best games of the season was headed to overtime. Except for one problem: that yellow flag on the ground. New Orleans was penalized for defensive holding on the missed kick, Peterson was moved five yards closer and, given another chance, booted the 36-yard field goal down...
Chargers' Tomlinson too much for Raiders (AP)
Drew Brees might need to feel threatened about his job security. It's not first-round pick Philip Rivers breathing down his neck, it's star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson threw his second touchdown pass of the season and added scores running and catching the ball in a performance for the record books, leading the San Diego Chargers to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Without Big Ben, Steelers fall to Jags (AP)
Between the formation and Tommy Maddox's eyes, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis knew the ball was coming his way. If this had been Ben Roethlisberger throwing to Hines Ward, it might not have mattered. But the Steelers were running the play with Maddox and Quincy Morgan, and that was the difference Sunday.
Alexander, Seahawks keep Texans winless (AP)
The mistakes began piling up for Houston at the opening coin toss, when the referee inadvertently referred to the Texans as ``Dallas.'' And that's about the same time the yards started piling up for Seattle. Shaun Alexander ran for four touchdowns, cutting back and bouncing off flailing Texans defenders along the way, and the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks overwhelmed the Houston Texans 42-10...
Holcomb beats Jets, named starter (AP)
Coach Mike Mularkey isn't going to keep people guessing any longer. Kelly Holcomb has earned the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback job. Mularkey made the announcement after he watched the veteran backup provide poise and focus to the offense, leading the Bills to a 27-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.
NBA preview: Southeast
With the division crown a certainty, the Heat must spend the regular season developing NBA title chemistry.
Coroner: No Collier results until Monday (AP)
Autopsy results in the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier will not be available until Monday at the earliest. The autopsy on the 7-foot, 260-pound player has been performed but other tests are needed, the coroner said Sunday. ``Due to the weekend and the case volume of the pathologist, further testing will not begin until Monday,'' coroner Lauren W.
Raptors lose to Maccabi Tel Aviv (AP)
The Toronto Raptors lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition game Sunday, the first time an NBA team has been beaten by an international club since 1988. Despite Toronto playing its starters most of the way, Anthony Parker's jumper with 0.8 seconds left lifted Israel's premier basketball team over the Raptors 105-103.
Pistons' Saunders beats former team (AP)
Flip Saunders didn't want to make a big deal about coaching against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Still, the new Detroit Pistons coach couldn't enjoy the feeling of seeing Kevin Garnett on the other side for the first time. ``I knew exactly what Kevin was going to do to us,'' Saunders said after Detroit's 91-80 exhibition victory on Sunday against his former team.
Diop's buzzer-beater lifts Mavs (AP)
DeSagana Diop's buzzer-beating tip-in lifted the Dallas Mavericks over New York 104-102 Sunday night, spoiling Knicks coach Larry Brown's home preseason debut. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Josh Howard added 16 for the Mavericks (2-1), who squandered a 16-point lead in the second half. David Lee had 17 points to lead New York and fellow rookie Nate Robinson added 13, including the tying free...
Peja, Martin lead Kings past Warriors (AP)
Peja Stojakovic and Kevin Martin scored 15 points apiece, and Kenny Thomas had 11 points and nine rebounds in the Sacramento Kings' 114-99 exhibition victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. Bonzi Wells added 11 points for the Kings, who jumped out to a 19-point lead in the second quarter and stretched it to 23 shortly after halftime while making more than 60 percent of their shots.
Montreal and Buffalo shot up the rankings, while Calgary and Pittsburgh are falling fast in the latest installment of the Power Rankings.
Goren scores rare goal to lift Canucks (AP)
Lee Goren was struggling with his aim, so he decided to go right to the front of the net. The move paid off immediately. Goren scored the tiebreaking goal on a deflection 3:47 into the third period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. The goal was Goren's first since playing with Boston in 2002-03, and came seconds after he shot wide on a partial...
Caps' Kolzig stars in regulation and SO (AP)
Olie Kolzig was touched for two goals in the first period and then shut down the defending champions all the way through a shootout. Kolzig made 34 stops through regulation, four more in overtime, and two during the shootout as the Washington Capitals topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 Sunday night. ``That's what they pay the goalie for,'' Kolzig said.
Wild's power play clicks against Ducks (AP)
It looks as though Minnesota Wild goaltenders and defensemen never got the NHL's memo about wanting to increase offense. Manny Fernandez made 28 saves and narrowly missed the Wild's second shutout in three games, and Minnesota's power play clicked again in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Sunday.
Kings use PP to beat Blue Jackets (AP)
An effective power play helped Los Angeles goalie Jason LaBarbera remain unbeaten. Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri scored power-play goals in the first period to lead the Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night. Playing in just his eighth NHL game, LaBarbera made 19 saves to earn his third victory in three starts this season.
Brett Hull announces retirement (AP)
Brett Hull choked back emotion and thanked ``everyone who ever touched my life in the game,'' announcing his retirement Saturday from a career that left him the third-leading goal scorer in NHL history. ``I wish no one had to do this because it's so hard, it's hard because you never think you're going to grow older and be unable to live up to the expectations you set for yourself,'' he said.
Sens' Hasek beats Bruins for 300th win (AP)
Dominik Hasek didn't care about losing his bid for a shutout. He was more concerned with getting his 300th win. Hasek became the 23rd goalie in NHL history to reach the milestone, making 34 saves Saturday night in the Ottawa Senators' 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. The 39-year-old Hasek, 4-0 in his first season with Ottawa, is 300-192-82 in 14 seasons with Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit and the...
Islanders' DiPietro cleared to practice (AP)
New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro will return to practice on Monday, four days after he sustained a concussion. DiPietro was injured during Thursday night's 5-3 win at Washington when he was hit in the head by Jeff Halpern's leg as DiPietro was diving for a loose puck midway through the second period.
Penguins' winless streak reaches six (AP)
There's almost never a good time for the Pittsburgh Penguins to go against Vincent Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning. This certainly wasn't one of them, not with star rookie Sidney Crosby showing his first bit of frustration at not yet winning a game. Lecavalier scored a goal and set up two others and the Lightning extended Pittsburgh's season-opening winless streak to a franchise record-tying...
Preds now 5-0, end slide in St. Louis (AP)
Greg Johnson believes the unbeaten Nashville Predators have yet to reach their potential. Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots, helping the Predators end a nine-game unbeaten string at St. Louis with a 4-1 victory over the Blues on Saturday night. Nashville remained one of the last remaining unbeaten teams, along with Ottawa, at 5-0-0.
CONCORD, N.C. – Controversy at a NASCAR race? That's nothing new.
Charlotte race turns into debacle after tire troubles (AP)
Slumped over and scowling, Tony Stewart made no effort to mask his disgust after finishing a race in which he feared for his safety.
Johnson wins NASCAR UAW-GM Quality 500, ties for points lead (SportsTicker)
Johnson wins fourth straight in racing debacle at Lowe's (AP)
The alternator failed, the battery had to be switched mid-race and the entire electrical system was on the fritz. Add all that to a constant fear of having a tire explode at any second and even the most veteran driver would be rattled.
Roush responds to NASCAR's proposed cap on teams (AP)
Feeling singled out by NASCAR's proposed cap on teams, Roush Racing distributed a 10-point argument Saturday outlining the benefits of multicar ownership.
Honda commits to Indy Racing League through 2009 (AFP)
Honda will remain an engine supplier to the Indy Racing League through the 2009 season, the Japanese manufacturer said.
Newman wins on record-setting night at Lowe's Motor Speedway (SportsTicker)
Newman races to fifth straight Busch Series win (AP)
Ryan Newman set a NASCAR record by winning his fifth consecutive Busch Series race Friday night, avoiding a track-record 14 cautions en route to the victory at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Source: NBC to pull out of NASCAR coverage (AP)
NBC won't extend its contract with NASCAR beyond the 2006 season, a person involved in the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.